Pettine: Brian Hoyer is a ‘winner’

Pettine praises Hoyer: For a short time (read two-plus weeks), Brian Hoyer was the Browns Quarterback du Jour. But a torn ACL in Week 5 ended his season and left Cleveland scrambling. Nonetheless, new head coach Mike Pettine sang the praises of the journeyman QB Thursday, calling Hoyer a “winner” and adding that his “intangibles are off the charts.” It’s nice to hear those props (especially if you’re Hoyer), but it doesn’t obscure the idea that Cleveland is going to chase a potential starting quarterback in the draft. Look for Hoyer to return to backup status in 2014.

Wilson says he’s healing: New York Giants running back David Wilson tweeted the good news that his surgically-repaired neck is healing well and that he’s optimistic about his return to the field. The running back underwent a procedure last week to repair a herniated disc in his neck. When (or if) he is able to play again will depend on how the rehab process goes. Right now, Wilson appears to have a long road ahead of him and it’s possible that he won’t be in an NFL uniform in the 2014 season.

Peterson surgery successful: Adrian Peterson has successful groin surgery, according to a statement released by the Vikings. With the rehab time placed somewhere around six weeks, there’s no reason to think Peterson will be affected heading into the 2014 season. There might be some reason to be concerned about the running back having surgery for the third time in as many seasons, but his toughness and durability shouldn’t frighten fantasy owners away.

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